(1) An applicant for eligible telecommunications carrier status must demonstrate the requirements for designation will be met upon designation or within a reasonable time following designation, and, on request by the commission, existing eligible telecommunications carriers must demonstrate the requirements for designation are being met or will be met within a reasonable time following a review of status proceeding.
(2) The minimum requirements for designation and maintenance of status as an eligible telecommunications carrier include:
(a) offering the services that are supported by the federal universal service support mechanisms as required by 47 CFR 54.201 (d) (1) and identified in 47 CFR 54.101 and 47 USC 254 (c) ;
(b) advertising the availability of the supported services and the charges for those services using media of general distribution as required by 47 CFR 54.201 (d) (2) ;
(c) providing the supported services throughout the designated service area to all customers making a reasonable request for service, including low-income, low-density, rural, insular, and high-cost customers, and, for service in rural areas, in a manner reasonably comparable and at a rate reasonably comparable to similar services offered in urban areas;
(d) satisfying applicable consumer protection and service quality standards;
(e) offering a local usage plan comparable to the one offered by the incumbent local exchange carrier; and
(f) demonstrating eligible telecommunications carrier status is in the public interest.


Mont. Admin. R. 38.5.3209
NEW, 2005 MAR p. 653, Eff. 4/29/05.

69-3-822, MCA; IMP, 69-3-840, MCA;

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